CWC 2019: Pakistan was good but not 'good enough'
Pak's approach was as if they were in the middle to win just another game of Cricket and to noone's surprise, the Sarfaraj brigade has wrapped up their World Cup campaign.
London: It turned out to be an 'in-vein' 94-run win for Pakistan who was on a mission impossible during the World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh played at the Lords Cricket Ground here on Friday.
In order to catch the bus to semifinal, Pakistan should have won today's game by a margin of over 300 runs. Pak's approach was as if they were in the middle to win just another game of Cricket and to noone's surprise, the Sarfaraj brigade has wrapped up their World Cup campaign.
Pakistan managed to collect just 315 runs against a not so good Bangladesh bowling line up with the help of Imam-ul-Haq (100) and Babar Azam (96). They bowled out Bangladesh for 221 runs in 44.1 overs to end up the game with a consolatory win by 94 runs.
The 1992 world champions, however, have bounced back to the tournament by winning fourth consecutive win after suffering defeat by arch-rivals India but the effort was not good enough to keep them in the World Cup campaign.
Pakistan finished at number five spot in the points table with 11 points and net run rate -0.525. Bangladesh, on the other hand, finished their World Cup journey at seventh position.
Quick Highlights of today's game:
- Batting first, Pakistan set 316 runs target for Bangladesh.
- Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam added 157 runs for the second wicket who scored 100 runs and 96 runs respectively.
- Imad Wasim's quick-fire 26-ball 43 runs took Pakistan score 315 runs.
- For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman took five wickets by conceding 75 runs in his 10 overs spell. Saifuddin took three and Mehidy Hasan plucked one wicket.
- Chasing the target of 316 runs, Bangladesh managed to collect just 221 runs in 44.1 overs.
- The in-form Shakib Al Hasan yet again was the entertainer as he scored 64 runs.
- The second highest scorer form Bangladesh was Liton Das who made 32 runs.
- The 19-year-old Shaheen Afridi won hearts of Cricket fans. He took 6 wickets in his 9.1 overs.
- Shadab Khan took two wickets while Mohammad Amir plucked one wicket.
- Shaheen remained the Player of the Match.